Jimmy Magahern

Arizona's freelance writer. Since 1982.

Phoenix, AZ

Jimmy Magahern

I write immersive stories on any subject thrown my way. I once wrote 5,400 words on the mall. Occasionally I come up with ideas of my own.


Stardust Ranch ready for next alien adventure

Is there something darker than even little grey men hidden in the past of Stardust Ranch?
West Valley View Link to Story

Labor Pains

While the pro-border wall camp applauds Trump’s plan to cut immigration in half, Valley business leaders fret over the effect that action would have on Arizona’s economy.
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

Up In The Air

With Scottsdale seeking to broaden the Airpark's image, will aviation businesses remain its core?
Scottsdale Airpark News Link to Story

The Trump Whisperer

KTAR’s new pro-Trump voice is a former Phoenix hip-hop DJ with an odd gift for comprehending the president. But what does Darin Damme’s arrival on mainstream talk radio say about the Valley? And the nation?
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

Real Top Gun

After decades of silence, three-war vet Richard Michaud talks about what it means to be a long-time patriot in a sharply divided America.
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story

Driving Success 2017

CEOs of Airpark businesses catering to car collectors have their own auto obsessions.
Scottsdale Airpark News Link to Story

Family Law, LGBT Style

Three years after marriage equality in Arizona, state laws regarding parenthood remain written in gender-specific terms that can deny same-sex couples legal parentage.
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

R.I.P. Malls?

This is how the Valley’s decades-long mall wars end: The stronger shopping centers are killing off the weaker. But what will take their places?
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

The Deadline Dean

As dean of ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism, Christopher Callahan is leading a new generation of media corps into a profession the U.S. president has personally declared war on. So why is he smiling?
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

Evidence, Inc.

Axon, formerly TASER, is offering every police department in the U.S. free body cameras for a year. Will the Scottsdale firm change policing – again?
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

Brand PHX

Which banners fly proudest over Greater Phoenix? As the Valley expands its cultural and economic reach, we step back to survey the landscape of tech companies, charities, hospitality firms and sports franchises that best represent our city. Herein: The Valley’s 10 best brands.
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

The First Lady

As Phoenix’s first lady, Nicole France Stanton fights bullying in her brother’s memory Link to Story


Jimmy Magahern

Give me a week, and I'll totally get into, under and around any subject. I learned that disciplined abandon as a young music journalist for the Phoenix New Times, where I'd write about The Clash one week and Julio Iglesias the next. (Both great, btw.)
Since then, I've written for the Arizona Republic, PHOENIX magazine, Times Publications and more. I've won Arizona Press Club and national writing awards in categories ranging from sports and entertainment to health, business and technology.
Give me a week, and I can find something fascinating, relatable and relevant to write about anything.



  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • AP Style
  • Design